The number of measles cases in an outbreak in suburban Detroit continues to get larger. State health officials have confirmed 10 more cases, bringing to 18 the number of measles cases in Oakland County since March 13. The highly contagious disease has been linked to a person who was visiting from Israel and had stayed in New York, where there’s a measles outbreak.
Officials say people may have been exposed this month in Detroit and in the suburbs of Oak Park, Berkley, Farmington Hills, Royal Oak and Southfield, including at synagogues, Jewish educational institutions, a hospital and grocery stores. A full list of possible exposure dates and locations is posted online. Michigan health officials last year urged people to get vaccinated after confirming several measles cases in the state. They’re urging vaccinations following this month’s cases. Oakland County health officials are also urging people to call doctor’s offices, urgent care clinics, and emergency rooms before going in, saying if someone with symptoms shows up unannounced, it becomes another location where people are put at risk of exposure.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.